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Understanding Therapy

The many different types of therapy can leave you feeling overwhelmed by the options and wondering what is the right fit for your daughter. Learn more about the various types of therapy that exist and the unique ways they are used in residential treatment.

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Why Do We Do Experiential Therapy?

Why Do We Do Experiential Therapy? Experience is one of the greatest ways to facilitate therapeutic change. Experiential therapy revolves around the client being an active participant in the therapeutic process. Rather than the traditional “talk therapy,” the client is involved in actions, movements, and activities. These activities can include things such as equine therapy,…

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Equine Therapy: Soccer with Horses?

Equine assisted therapy is a unique method used to help people better understand themselves and the world in which they live. Each week here at New Haven, I have the pleasure to conduct an equine therapy group, with the help of our ranch manager. In these groups, life patterns are often played out right in…

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The Fulshear Ranch Academy Experience

Being a part of the InnerChange family has allowed us to find out about other treatment programs. Our sister program, Fulshear Ranch Academy, is one program with which we have been able to connect. Fulshear provides a healing journey for young adult women.  This period of life is so critical for their clients. Their age,…

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Relationship-Based Treatment

By: Nevin G. Alderman, M.A., LPC – New Haven RTC, Clinical Director Relationship-based treatment is the use of the client-provider relationship to inspire, motivate and facilitate healthy adaptation in the life of a client. Relationship-based treatment is systemic by nature, and considers and utilizes the relational exchange between the client and their environment, social networks,…

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Dog Therapy

When I am working with a student or family in therapy, I often try to come up with metaphors to illustrate various concepts. I have found that creating a visual example of a concept is often more easily understood and remembered than simply using words. Most of the metaphors I come up with are not…

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What to Look for in Adolescent Treatment Programs

Adolescent treatment programs are not created equal!  Following is a partial list of key features to consider when searching for an adolescent treatment program for your child.  Quality in treatment does exist–be sure that you do your homework and get the very best for your child. FEATURE WHY Single Gender Faster, more effective treatment Best…

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Residential Treatment Center Aftercare Treatment

Gender Specific Even young women who have had a successful adolescent treatment experience can be overwhelmed by the transition to college, career, and independence.  Some drop out of college, others fail to launch, and many “boomerang” back to their parents’ care again and again. *All-girls’ aftercare treatment can provide a bridge between adolescent treatment and…

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Teenage Mental Health Issues

Misdiagnosed behavioral and emotional issues are common among adolescents and young adults.  Mental health diagnoses are relatively subjective and the data used to make them—behavioral observations in various settings, psychometric assessments, and self-reported symptoms—are often unreliable or incomplete. “Our therapist chalked up Marnie’s dramatic outbursts to normal adolescent acting out.  But they never got better,…

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Mobile Therapy Apps

Regardless of the fact that great progress is being made in the area of tech-based therapies, my own policy regarding psycho-therapeutic technology is to proceed with curiosity…and caution.

For now, the only therapist I’ll stick in my own pocket or recommend to others is one who promises little things. Like a little help going to sleep, or some organizational assistance to help manage ADHD.

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Improving Family Relationships

Many of the families I’ve worked with feel that they have lost everything. They are financially tapped out. Their basic assumptions about family, love, success, and life have been turned upside down. They feel betrayed and embarrassed and sad and angry. How does a family rebuild in the wake of trauma, or addiction, or mental illness, or betrayal, or loss? A little bit every day. If you can do that, you can find your way forward a step at a time. You can heal. You can hope.

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Humor in Therapy

Humor during individual and group therapy—whether from the therapist or the client—can lighten a mood, break a pattern, improve sharing, create a sense of perspective, generate a feeling of well-bring and hope, and provide an effective delivery system for difficult feedback. Family systems therapists will sometimes encourage family members to consciously employ a form of humor to interrupt entrenched relational patterns.

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